Everything I Found Out About Stacks (STX)

Stacks is the smart contract blockchain built in concert with the bitcoin networking bringing DeFi to Bitcoin
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⏳History Of Blockstack⌛

Blockstack was founded by Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea in 2013 at Princeton University. Muneeb is the current CEO of Blockstack and holds a PhD in computer science from Princeton University. Ryan is an entrepreneur with a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. Ryan left Blockstack in 2018 to start his own company which has yet to be named Blockstack was the subject of Muneeb’s PhD thesis, and had been in development for 4 years with the help of Princeton and Stanford scholars before launching its first ICO. Blockstack has hosted multiple conferences which featured key public figures inside and outside of the crypto space including Andreas Antonopoulos and even Edward Snowden

🤷‍♂‍What Is Blockstack?🤷‍♂‍

Blockstack is a cryptocurrency project which aims to be the decentralized computing platform for the next generation of the internet. You can think of Blockstack as the application layer of the internet, the layer which is currently owned and operated by companies like Google and Facebook Unlike these tech giants, Blockstack makes it possible to build applications where privacy can be preserved and where users are always in control of their data. It does this using the Bitcoin blockchain for security. Around 500 applications have been built on Blockstack to date, including a browser which was built by the Blockstack team in 2016

🛠How Does Blockstack Work?🛠

Blockstack uses a novel consensus mechanism called Proof of Transfer or PoX. PoX consists of two parties: miners and stackers. Minters commit Bitcoin to the Blockstack blockchain for a chance to mine a block and earn STX tokens. Stackers lock up their STX tokens for a 10-day period to earn a cut of the Bitcoin commitment by miners as a reward for securing the network Each block on the Blockstack blockchain only stores user identity and transactional metadata associated with that identity. This user identity is used to interact with all the applications on the Blockstack ecosystem. All data generated by user identities is stored on the Gaia Storage System and is controlled by the user the data belongs to

💸STX Cryptocurrency💸

STX is Blockstack’s native cryptocurrency token. It is burned to register digital assets to the Blockstack blockchain. This includes user identities and smart contracts. However, STX mining rewards are paid for using inflation and there is no maximum supply. Block rewards are cut in half every 4 years due to STX’s halving cycle

🤑STX Price Analysis🤑

The STX token has seen some relatively unimpressive price performance since its release. However, with the launch of the Blockstack main net around the corner, the STX mining rewards and BTC stacking rewards could be lucrative enough to dive serious demand for the STX token and raise price

📅Blockstack Roadmap📅

Blockstack expects to launch the final phase of its 2.0 testnet and then its main net by year’s end. Both Blockstack and Blockstack PBC, the company which develops the project, rebranded to Stacks and Hiro PBC in October This was to reduce confusion between the project and company. It also marked a shift in focus to building the Blockstack ecosystem and signaling a commitment to values such as decentralization and privacy

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